We are excited to present the following Farm Fund Grant and Loan Recipients. This is your money and support of local food and farming in action! For more details on these organizations, see the full story on page 1 of our April 2014 newsletter.
Bellingham Food Bank—Seed Money project
Provide seed money for growing staple crops for the food bank.
The Off Ox Project
Workshops, demonstrations, and private lessons in oxen training and applications.
Further develop a local organic seed industry and sponsor a hands-on, seed-growing workshop.
Local Food Works!
Expand the Deming Library Learning Garden, create a Pollinator Garden, host hands-on gardening workshops.
Twin Sisters Market
Develop a mobile market trailer to serve as the hub for a weekly market at Nugent’s Corner and in Kendall.
Chubby Bunny Farm
Develop, evaluate, and distribute plans for pasture-based rabbit runs for use by small farms and individuals.
Organize a do-it-yourself compost workshop series and provide participants with the information and support to implement an aerated compost system on their farm.
Backyard Beans and Grains Project (GMO testing of corn varieties; testing of popcorn varieties for pollen-blocking traits)
Bellingham Food Bank (seeds, equipment repair and training for three new farms that will select and plant crops for the Bellingham Food Bank)
Bryan Krueger (scholarship to attend the Northwest Agriculture Business Council’s Pastured Poultry Workshop)
Community to Community Development (start-up funds to increase the size of the “Finca Esperanza” garden to three acres, and to develop a farm worker led and operated organic farming cooperative)
Garrett Franz (purchase and training of an ox team at Moondance Farm)
Growing Veterans (GV) (veteran transition specialist—the last year GV will need grant support for this position)
Local Food Works! (Deming Library Learning Garden)
SEED—the Untold Story (a documentary film about saving our planet’s seed diversity)
Springtime Farm (garlic separator and peeler—two other organic farms in Everson will also use the equipment)
Sustainable Connections—Food To Bank On (farm tours that connect new farmers with mentor farmers; a spring field walk; program resources, materials, and scholarships for training)
Uprising Seeds (non-GMO, non-hybrid, cauliflower seed trials)
Viva Farms (basket weeder—a cultivation and weed management tool)
2010/2013 Loan Recipients (allocated on an ongoing basis)
El Rancho Jacal
Cloud Mountain Farm Center
Roll Organic Farm
Misty Meadows Farm
Heritage Lane Farm
Neighborhood Harvest Farm
Osprey Hill Farm
Sumas River Farm